The Big Story

Maryland’s Purple Line Plan

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The 16-mile Purple Line, which would run between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, is designed to provide faster and more-reliable east-west transit than buses and connect Maryland’s spokes of the Metrorail system with neighborhoods, MARC commuter rail stations and Amtrak stations.


How Republican Gov. Larry Hogan made his first big mass transit decision

(Patrick Semansky / AP)

Long a light-rail skeptic, Maryland’s new governor became convinced the Purple Line was worth it.


Finally, a green light for the Purple Line

(Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post)

Gov. Hogan sets aside partisan politics but raises doubts about funding.

Praise — and concern— for Hogan’s Purple Line plan

Purple Line supporters welcomed the governor’s plan to move the project forward but voiced concerns about the proposed changes to lower the costs, which some smart-growth supporters say could lead to poorer transit service.


Hogan: Maryland will move forward on Purple Line, with counties’ help

(Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post)

He is willing to build the light-rail project if Montgomery and Prince George’s pick up more of the cost.


Hogan likely to announce decision on Purple Line’s future on Thursday

(Patrick Semansky / AP)

Governor’s office earlier this week said he would make announcement by the end of the month.


Straddling the digital and print ages, new Silver Spring Library opens

(Brittany Greeson / The Washington Post)

Montgomery hopes the library will be a gateway of opportunity for low-income and immigrant communities.